Troops rescued after sat nav 'led them' into riot

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2016

A navigation mistake led to intense rioting in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, on Monday night, as the IDF feared that at least one of its soldiers may have been kidnapped by Palestinians.

The incident took place when two soldiers from the IDF's elite K9 unit were driving back to base near Ramallah in the West Bank.


For IDF, the deal offers window to focus on more immediate battles

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

It took a rare public lecture by the IDF Chief of Staff, General Gadi Eisenkot for the Israeli security establishment's view of the Iranian nuclear deal to finally be aired.


Former JFS student killed in car accident

By Sandy Rashty, January 5, 2016

A former JFS student was killed in a car accident in Israel yesterday.

Nadav Ezra, who served as a sergeant in the Israel Defence Forces after making aliyah with his family, was reportedly hit by a vehicle at a busy junction in Modi'in.

According to Israeli news sources, Sergeant Ezra, 21, was treated by Magen David Adom and Hatzalah medics. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Rockets fired into northern Israel, no injuries reported

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

Rockets have been fired into northern Israel as the country prepares for a possible retaliation to the alleged killing of terror chief Samir Kuntar.

The Israeli Defence Forces has confirmed that three rockets hit northern Israel on Sunday.

At least one rocket landed in an open area near Nahariya, according to reports.


UK authorities detain and question IDF officer over Gaza ‘war crimes’

By JC Reporter, December 14, 2015

An IDF reserve officer involved in the 2014 Gaza conflict was detained on arrival in the UK last month and questioned over “war crimes”.

The officer was interrogated for several hours before being released after an intervention by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the UK government issued an apology.


IDF in rift with political right on anti-terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The enduring wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens has led to a deepening rift between the Israeli security establishment and the right-wing section of the coalition.


The soldier who abandoned his London life to 'do his duty' in the IDF

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

In the summer of 2014 the majority of us were glued to our TV screens watching in dismay and fear as yet another Gaza war unfolded. As anti-Israel protests became a common sight on the streets of the UK, members of the community were making frequent and frantic calls to family and friends in Israel checking everyone had survived the latest rocket attack.


'Israel can survive if its values survive'

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

Anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence (BtS), a collective of army veterans who aim to call out wrongdoing within the IDF, is fighting for the identity of Israel, according to one of its founders.

Since March 2004, BtS has published the testimonies of more than 1,000 men and women, some still serving in the army, alleging various forms of military malpractice.


Anger as defence chief postpones Charedi draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

The implementation of Israel's national service law, which was created to regulate the enlistment of Charedi men into the IDF, is to be pushed back.

The move reflects the terms of the coalition deal that was signed earlier this year by the strictly Orthodox parties and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who agreed to soften the law in order to secure Charedi support in government.


Israeli army officer suspended over alleged assault on journalists

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

The Israeli army has suspended the officer in charge during an incident filmed on video in which two journalists were seemingly assaulted by IDF soldiers in the West Bank.

Soldiers appeared to assault two Agence France Presse journalists, steal their equipment and destroy it.